Phrasal Verbs List With Meaning

Phrasal Verbs List With Meaning

Most Common Phrasal Verbs , With Meanings 

Phrasal Verb

abide by

To respect or obey a decision, a law or a rule

account for

To explain, give a reason

add up

To make sense, seem reasonable

advise against

To recommend not doing something

agree with

To have the same opinion as someone else.

allow for

To take into consideration

appeal to

1.   To plead or make a request
2.   To be attractive or interesting

apply for

To make a formal request for something (job, permit, loan etc.)

back away

To move backwards, in fear or dislike

back down

To withdraw, concede defeat

back up

1.   To give support or encouragement
2.   To make a copy of (file, program, etc.)

bank on

To base your hopes on something / someone

black out

To faint, lose consciousness

block off

To separate using a barrier.

blow up

1.   To explode
2.   To get angry

boil down to

To be summarized as

boot up

To start a computer by loading an operating system or program

break away

To separate from a crowd

break down

1.   To go out of order, cease to function
2.   To lose control of one’s emotions

break into

To enter by force

break out

To start suddenly

break out of

To escape from a place by force

break up

To come to an end (marriage, relationship)

bring up

To raise (a child)

brush up on

To improve, refresh one’s knowledge of something

bump into

To meet by chance or unexpectedly

burn out

1.   stop (something) working
2.   become exhausted from over-working

call back

To return a phone call

call off

To cancel

calm down

To become more relaxed, less angry or upset

carry on

To continue

carry out

1.   To do something as specified (a plan, an order, a threat)
2.   To perform or conduct (test, experiment)

check in

To register at a hotel or airport

check out

1.   To pay one’s bill and leave (a hotel)
2.   To investigate

clam up

To refuse to speak

clamp down on

To act strictly to prevent something

come across

1.   To find by chance
2.   To appear, seem, make an impression

come forward

To present oneself

count on

To rely or depend on (for help)

cut down on

To reduce in number or size

cut out

1.   To remove using scissors
2.   To stop doing something

deal with

To handle, take care of (problem, situation)

die down

To calm down, become less strong

do without

To manage without

drag on

To last longer than expected

draw up

To write (contract, agreement, document)

dress up

wear elegant clothes

drop in

To visit, usually on the way somewhere

drop off

1.   To deliver someone or something
2.   To fall asleep

drop out

To leave school without finishing

ease off

To reduce, become less severe or slow down (pain, traffic, work)

end in

To finish in a certain way; result in

end up

To finally reach a state, place or action

fall through

To fail; doesn’t happen

figure out

To understand, find the answer

fill out

To complete (a form/an application)

find out

To discover or obtain information

focus on

To concentrate on something

get along (with)

To be on good terms; work well with

get at

To imply

get away

To escape

get by

To manage to cope or to survive

get in

To enter

get into (+noun)

To enter

get off

1.   To leave (bus, train, plane)
2.   To remove

get on

To board (bus, train, plane)

get on with (something)

To continue to do; make progress

get on (well) with (somebody)

To have a good relationship with

get out

To leave

get out of

To avoid doing something

get over

To recover from (illness, disappointment)

get over

To recover from (illness, disappointment)

get rid of

To eliminate

get together

To meet each other

get up

To rise, leave bed

give in

1.   To cease opposition; yield
2.   To To hand in; submit

give up

To stop doing something

go through

To experience

grow up

To spend one’s childhood; develop; become an adult

hand in

To submit (report, homework)

hand out

To distribute

hang out

To spend time in a particular place or with a group of friends

hang up

To end a phone conversation

hold on

1.   To wait
2.   To grip tightly

hurry up

To be quick, act speedily

iron out

To resolve by discussion, eliminate differences

join in

To participate

join up

1.   To engage in, become a member of
2.   To meet and unite with

keep on

To continue doing something

keep up with

To stay at the same level as someone or something

kick off

To begin, start

leave out

To omit, not mention

let down

To disappoint

look after

To take care of

look down on

To consider as inferior

look on

To be a spectator at an event

look for

To try to find something

look forward to

To await or anticipate with pleasure

look up to

To admire

make fun of

To laugh at/ make jokes about

make up

To invent (excuse, story)

mix up

To mistake one thing or person for another

move in

To arrive in a new home or office

move out

To leave your home/office for another one.

nod off

To fall asleep

own up

To admit or confess something

pass away

To die

pass out

To faint

pay back

To reimburse

put off

To postpone, arrange a later date

put on

To turn on, switch on

put out

To extinguish

put up

To accommodate, give somebody a bed

pick up

To collect somebody

point out

To indicate/direct attention to something

rely on

To count on, depend on, trust

rule out

To eliminate

run away

To escape from a place or suddenly leave

run into

To meet by accident or unexpectedly (also: bump into)

run out of

To have no more of something.

set off

To start a journey;

set up

To start a business

shop around

To compare prices

show off

To brag or want to be admired

show up

To appear/arrive

shut up (impolite)

To be silent, stop talking

sit down

To take a seat

stand up

To rise from a sitting position

stick up for

To defend

take after

To resemble, in appearance or character

take care of

To look after

take off

To leave the ground

take on

To hire or engage staff

take out

To remove; extract

tell off

To reprimand/criticize severely

think over

To consider

try on

To wear something to see if it suits or fits

turn down

To refuse

use up

To finish a product (so that there’s none left)

watch out

To be careful

wear out

1.  To become unusable
2.  To become very tired

work out

1.  To do physical exercise
2.  To find a solution or calculate something

wipe off

To clean (board, table).

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